Most of us here in Austin like to classify ourselves as adventurers. According to our social media and online dating profiles — yes, we Tinder stalked both local guys and gals and can attest that this is true– we Austinites are free-spirited wanderers and business-minded creatives, happy mountain climbers and unabashed foodies. We enjoy discovering new music and expanding our philosophies about life, and above all, we love exploring our city.
But finding enjoyment in trying new things is only part of what it means to be adventurous. In order to be truly intrepid, we think you’ve got to be the sort of person who seeks out challenges and isn’t afraid to face their fears. If you are indeed the daring sort, you’re definitely not going to want to miss out on Austin’s ten most extreme adventures, shown below. You’re welcome in advance!
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Try flyboarding or wakesurfing.
In honor of our legendary Texas heat, the first grouping of extreme adventures we’re going to recommend all take place on — or if you’re not very good, in — the water. Lady Bird Lake and Lake Travis both attract a fair amount of wakeboarders, wakesurfers, and tubers, and if none of your pals have the means to make that happen for you, companies like QuestATX, Next Level Ride, Shred Stixx Wakesurf School, and Austin Wakesurf would be more than willing to take you out for a few hours and teach you a thing or two. Then, when you can hold your own on a wakeboard, bust out the water jet packs with Fly Lake Austin — a company who’s weird in the best of ways. Their assorted “flyboards” and “jetovators” will quite literally have you soaring.
Quest ATX: 10815 FM 1625. 512-298-9370. Hours and rates vary by season & age; 2 hr $30, 4hr $35, all day $40. Website.
Next Level Ride: 5400 E Hwy 71 (Del Valle). 512-915-9056. Open daily 10 a.m. to dusk. Rates vary by day of week; 2 hr $25-28, 4hr $30-33, all day $35-38. Website.
Shred Stixx Wakesurf School: 9217 Colberg Dr. 512-669-1124. Private lessons, group sessions available at varying rates. Website.
Austin Wakesurf: 12300 River Bend. 512-940-2531. 1 hr $125, 2 hr $240, 3 hr $360 for (same rate for multiple surfers). Website.
Fly Lake Austin: 3825 Lake Austin Blvd. 512-775-9060. 20 min $100, 30 min $140 with options to add extra time. Website.